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Pinholing

Problem:

Ink is failing to form a continuous film.

Solution:

Adjust ink to reduce viscosity. Use a more active (wetter) solvent.

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Problem:

Stock is too rough.

Solution:

Use electro-assist (with polar solvents).

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Problem:

There are imperfections in the stock.

Solution:

Adjust doctor blade to carry more ink. Use coating primer if possible.

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Problem:

The ink is wrong for the substrate.

Solution:

Reformulate or replace ink.

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Problem:

Film treatment is poor.

Solution:

Retreat or replace film.

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Problem:

Worn cylinder, insufficient film transfer to cover substrate.

Solution:

Remake cylinder.

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